George Johnson

Santa Fe, New Mexico

George Johnson

I am a writer working from my office in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (This website is named after a peak I can see from my window.) My ninth book, The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery, was published last year by Alfred A. Knopf in the United States and The Bodley Head in the UK. I write a monthly column, Raw Data, for the New York Times.

My books have been translated into Italian, German, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Czech, Japanese, Polish, Swedish, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Greek, and Thai with editions forthcoming in Turkish, Romanian, Russian, Bulgarian, and Arabic. Three have been shortlisted for the Royal Society book prize.

I have twice won the AAAS Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for my work in the New York Times. I've also written for National Geographic, Slate, Scientific American, Time, Wired, and The Atlantic.

My essay The Books in the Basement is in the collection My Einstein: Essays by Twenty-four of the World's Leading Thinkers on the Man, His Work, and His Legacy. I described some of my thoughts about science writing in Inside the Black Box, which appeared in a different form in The Field Guide to Science Writing.

I am co-founder of the Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop, and I appear now and then on for a show called Science Faction. A blog I wrote during 2013, Fire in the Mind, is at My observations about Santa Fe politics and other matters are in The Santa Fe Review, which includes glimpses of the surroundings through my web cam.

Here are links to my shocking appearance on The Colbert Report and a video of my being pickpocketed by Apollo Robbins at a consciousness conference on the Las Vegas Strip. I wrote about the experience in Sleights of Mind.

What I'm writing.

What I'm reading.

Why I became a science writer.

What I really think about God.

"On the Trail of the Illuminati: A Journalist's Search for The Conspiracy That Rules the World"

Favorite quotations.

My Books

I keep a list of my articles chronologically and by topic. Here are my resume and a biographical sketch (including a picture of my high school garage band and a letter from Richard Nixon). An NPR interview about Henrietta Swan Leavitt was broadcast on All Things Considered.

The best way to reach me is by email.

photo by Kerry Sherck